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« on: April 18, 2010 12:40:58 PM »

Okay, so I find myself having to make serious full bust adjustments to every pattern I use, so I figured I would post this easy tutorial on how to avoid cutting up your patterns to alter them. Also, I despise that light fluffy tissue that patterns come in.

So, here goes Smiley

What you will need: Pattern to trace, scissors used for cutting plastic, 1-2 white plastic garbage bags (I use the Walmart brand 13 gallon ones), a yardstick/ruler, cans/bottles to use as weights, a medium or fine point sharpie pen (multiple colors if you want).

Unfold the plastic bag, but don't OPEN it. Lay it flat.

The bag should have two lengthwise "seams". Cut these off so you can open the bag.

What it looks like after cutting off the seams. Open it up so it's a long piece.

I am going to be tracing pieces 1-6 in a size 18 to make Top A from this pattern.

Lay out the paper pattern that you want to trace. Here, I need pieces 1 and 2.

Place the plastic bag over the pattern pieces you want. Smooth everything out so you can see through to the paper pattern markings.

Begin tracing with your sharpie, careful not to smudge wet lines. I used a can and a jar to hold everything in place. A ruler or other straight edge can help trace longer portions.

Make sure to transfer ALL pattern markings and labels, including the # of the piece and notches, folds, etc. Repeat the steps above until you have all your needed pieces traced. I was able to get all but 1 (very long) piece on 1 garbage bag.

Finished (uncut) pattern pieces laying on my kitchen floor. I much prefer the plastic to the paper, and like that it isn't opaque like regular paper. When going to cut these, I suggest using a rotary cutter, it works wonders!

Thanks for reading. Hope this helps you, even if it is kind of a "duh" tutorial, and I hope I posted this in the right section. Not sure where ELSE it would go ^_^;

« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2010 04:15:38 PM »

This is a pretty neat tutorial, thanks for sharing with us! I need to make some adjustments to my patterns as well (petite alterations) but I use large pieces of tracing paper. The plastic trash bag will probably withstand more handling over time though.

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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2010 04:37:57 PM »

what a great idea. will have to give this a try.

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2010 02:50:06 PM »

Just tried it. It's great, you're GENIUS  Wink
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2010 07:16:41 PM »

I've been looking for different ways to transfer patterns! I'll try this.
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2010 06:50:51 AM »

Thank you so much for sharing this idea!  Grin  I am just learning to sew (mostly for my daughter). It seemed like such a waste not to be able to use the other sizes of the same pattern. Now I know what to do; actually I tried your method yesterday and it worked like a charm. So next year, when she's up a size, I'll be able to use my same pattern!
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2010 02:51:42 PM »

I had not thought of using garbage bags before.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I would also suggest a pattern tracing product (by Pellon, I think), that can be purchased regular price for $1.99 from Joann's - but with a coupon, you can buy for $1 yard.  Use the same principle as the one you described using garbage bags, but it works well when the pattern is longer than a garbage bag.  The paper folds nicely for storage, but irons flat and doesn't tear.
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2010 02:22:45 AM »

Oh wow, this is BRILLIANT! And I'm glad I saw this thread because I was about to cut a precious, precious pattern! Thanks for sharing! This will definitely come in handy.
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